It’s been a month already, but as always this was a lot of fun, and I think it was helpful for everyone. Hope so anyway. Afterwards we went to 無為草堂 with some of the participants and Teresa and Eric and sat on the floor for dinner again. (Last time it was 御三家 tatami mats).
Daijiro Morohoshi （諸星大二郎）is definitely a weird precursor of Junji Ito but, unfortunately, very difficult to find in English (and even in Chinese). His most famous work is the Yokai Hunter (妖怪ハンター) series of the 1970s-80s.
A good overview of his stuff can be found here (Big5), along with a selection of “four favorites” (Big 5). Not altogether unrelated, some good horror manga recommendations from Silberstein here. Ito isn’t the only one who owes a debt to Morohoshi, legendary anime dude Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke borrows heavily from the sylvan tribes of Mud Men.
No relation to the minotaur apparently, but literally a “bull with five horns” from Frankish mythology…I’m not 100% sure how/why I came across the fabled beast in my browsing but it definitely had something to do with research on evil Merovingian queens (one of which is pregnant in this illustration):